When you watch one of Disney Channels most popular shows today, Phineas and Ferb, the number one catch phrase you hear is “Hey Ferb what are we going to do today?” The show always has these brilliant underage children creating things using science, as well as showing children they should be outside doing things. When it comes to encouraging kids to think outside the box Disney Channel, like always, has done a great job. However, the channel almost encourages sneaky deceptive behavior with a hint of hooky like activity.
In the movie, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, our favorite dynamic duo is in back but on a larger scale. Their first movie! In this movie the boys find out that their pet platypus Perry is a secret agent and they go into another dimension where they have to battle the evil arch villain of the platypus, Dr. Doofenshmirtz. To make a longer story short they must find their 2 dimensional selves and try to get back to their own dimension. However they end up going through countless trial and tribulations but one of the main things is the ever popular need to not get caught in the things they are doing.
Phineas and Ferbs sister Candace always has an agenda and it is to catch her little brothers. While the idea of being a tattle tale was always frowned upon when I was a child she is the best of them all. However we see that people who tell do not even fare well. The movie and show both give us the idea of lying and deceiving people as being ok. All day they go around fighting crime and creating crazy inventions that land them in trouble but they always lie to their parents about what they are doing. I feel that this is teaching kids bad lessons when it comes to lying. I feel children will look at this movie and get the idea that as long as you don’t get caught in something it is okay to lie your way out of it. Many times kids get their basic knowledge from what we allow them to watch. I feel that Disney Channel having marathons and movies with the idea that a lie or even a half truth is okay registers to children in a bad message.
For the 4 years this show has been on television these kids have also not attended school. Many kids watching this are in that stage where they are too old to be in love with the idea of going to school and too young to make final decisions on if dropping out is in their future. This is a critical time for kids and showing them a seemingly endless summer looks so much more appealing than making the argument of school being fun.
Disney however does make a very good argument about their main campaign of get out and go play. You never see them in the house they are always using their creative juices and running around. This encourages being active which is one of the most important things when it comes to children today. Kids always see the things on television and want to act it out so if they decide that going outside and inventing things is what they want then I feel this could really be a good show to plant that seed.
In all the movie has good idea, it shows the love of families, friends, and how both of those can overcome obstacles. I feel that there are countless ways of making the movie a bad movie and telling a bad message to the audience if you decide to look at it that way, however I feel that when Disney put these things together they were only focused on making a movie to entertain children and summer time entertains children.